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Lake Success, New York
Incorporated Village of Lake Success
A welcome sign to Lake Success on Westminster Road on June 4, 2021.
A welcome sign to Lake Success on Westminster Road on June 4, 2021.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
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Coordinates: 40°46′13″N 73°42′48″W / 40.77028°N 73.71333°W / 40.77028; -73.71333Coordinates: 40°46′13″N 73°42′48″W / 40.77028°N 73.71333°W / 40.77028; -73.71333
Country  United States
State  New York
County  Nassau County, New York
Town North Hempstead
Incorporated December 1927
Named for Lake Success
 • Total 1.89 sq mi (4.90 km2)
 • Land 1.84 sq mi (4.77 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
203 ft (62 m)
 • Total 2,897
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,705.91/sq mi (658.63/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
11020, 11042
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-40937
GNIS feature ID 0954942

Lake Success is a village in the Town of North Hempstead in Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 2,897 at the 2010 census.

The Incorporated Village of Lake Success was the temporary home of the United Nations from 1946 to 1951, occupying the headquarters of the Sperry Gyroscope Company on Marcus Avenue. It was the home of Canon U.S.A., Inc. Canon U.S.A. has since moved (as of late 2013) its corporate headquarters to Melville, New York (in neighboring Suffolk County).


Eleanor Roosevelt and Gary Cooper at Lake Success, New York - NARA - 195963
Gary Cooper and Eleanor Roosevelt at the temporary UN headquarters in Lake Success, 1950

Lake Success derives its name from a kettle lake of the same name which according to village lore had a Native American name of "Sucut." William K. Vanderbilt II bought land around the lake in the early 20th Century for a home. The village was incorporated in 1926.

In 1939, the United States government bought a large tract between Marcus Avenue, Lakeville Road and Union Turnpike, to be the home to the Sperry Gyroscope Company which built a variety of maritime, military, aerospace and navigation products. During World War II the plant had 22,000 employees. After the war, part of the plant became the temporary headquarters of the United Nations from 1947 to 1952, while its headquarters building in New York City was being built. The 1,500,000-square-foot (140,000 m2) facility continued to be used by various companies (including Unisys and Loral Corporation) to build defense products over ensuing decades. When it was purchased by Lockheed Martin in the late 1990s, the company closed the plant and began an environmental clean-up of the site. In 2000 National RE/sources acquired the 94-acre (380,000 m2) campus from Lockheed and converted it to a multi-tenant office park called i.park.

Most of the village is part of the Great Neck School District, and Great Neck South High School is located within the village limits. Lake Success is the city of license for popular regional dance/Hot Adult Contemporary radio station WKTU, although the station is based in Manhattan along with other Clear Channel stations.

It borders the Little Neck neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.


U.S. Census Map

The geographical position of Lake Success is 40°46′13″N 73°42′48″W / 40.77028°N 73.71333°W / 40.77028; -73.71333 (40.770354, -73.713384).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which, 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (2.08%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 295
1940 203 −31.2%
1950 1,264 522.7%
1960 2,954 133.7%
1970 3,254 10.2%
1980 2,396 −26.4%
1990 2,484 3.7%
2000 2,797 12.6%
2010 2,934 4.9%
2019 (est.) 3,144 7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

Census 2000

As of Census 2000, there were 2,797 people, 798 households, and 683 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,487.3 people per square mile (574.4/km2). There were 824 housing units at an average density of 438.2 per square mile (169.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 78.94% White, 4.76% African American, 15.16% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 798 households, out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.9% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.4% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 20.1% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 15.8% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 35.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $134,383, and the median income for a family was $145,562. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $46,923 for females. The per capita income for the village was $58,002. About 1.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.

2010 Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,897 people, 789 households, and 734 families in the village. The racial makeup was 75.3% White, 5.4% African American, 0.0% Native American, 19.3% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.


Sumitomo Corporation operates its Lake Success Shared Services Center in Suite 220 at 1999 Marcus Avenue in an area in the Town of North Hempstead, south of Lake Success. Companies based in Lake Success include Broadridge Financial Solutions, Hain Celestial Group, and Dealertrack.


Most of the village is part of the Great Neck Union Free School District, and Great Neck South High School is located within the village limits, although a small part of the village's northeastern corner is located within the Manhasset Union Free School District (though all homes are in the Great Neck part of Lake Success).



The Long Island Expressway and the Northern State Parkway pass through Lake Success.

Additionally, the former Long Island Motor Parkway once passed through the village.


Natural gas

National Grid USA provides natural gas to homes and businesses that are hooked up to natural gas lines in Lake Success.


PSEG Long Island provides power to all homes and businesses within Lake Success.


Lake Success is sewered. The southern part of Lake Success is within the Nassau County Sewage District. The other portions of Lake Success are connected to the village's sanitary sewer network, which flows into and is treated by the Belgrave Sewer District under a contract.


Lake Success is located within the boundaries of the Manhasset–Lakeville Water District, which provides the entirety of the village with water.

Notable residents

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